With everything going on, I never did get anything posted last week, so the usual times apply to this post--first response by Thursday night, and final response to someone else by Saturday, December 6th, at midnight.
While the book may have started slowly and seemed to some of you to be filled with details that slowed many of you down, from chapter LII [fifty-two, page 249] on, this book moves at a breakneck pace and wraps up VERY quickly. Before it's over, Marcus will move from knowing that Domitian, the emperor Vespasian's younger son, is in on a plot that goes well beyond the murder of Sosia Camillina and theft. This plot reaches all the way from the mines of Britannia to the center of the known world--Rome.
More than murder--collateral damage, more than theft--at least at its heart, this plot culminates in a treasonous intent to overthrow the emperor, plunging the empire into chaos. And there is only one man who is diligently trying to put all of the pieces together and solve this interlocking crime/mystery: Marcus Didius Falco. And Marcus DOES put it all together on the day of Vespasian's military triumph, but not until he runs the gamut of suspecting everyone from Helena to her father, Decimus Camillus.
Your job this week, once you finish reading the book, is to wrap this book up for us in lieu of ANOTHER quiz...
- Who was Attius Pertinax, and how did he fit into this mystery?
- Where and how was Sosia Camillina murdered?
- By whom was Sosia murdered and why?
- What was on the wax tablet attached to the silver pig and who wrote it? Would it have helped Marcus to have found this before leaving for Britannia and the silver mines?
- How does Vespasian try to honor Marcus, and what does Marcus do with the money he DOES agree to accept?
- Where are the stolen silver pigs finally found?
- Does the solution to this mystery make sense to you? Why or why not?
"Well," challenged my mother. "Do I start baking saffron cakes, or throw on a black veil and wail at Juno's Temple? What happens now?
"Nothing," I said, squaring up to the facts. "She told you who her father is. There is nothing I can do."
Another angry quirk puckered my mother's mouth. "Marcus, having seen her, I don't imagine it is up to you!"
Then I gazed at my mother with a long face, while my mother looked rather oddly back at me.
Ultimately, of course, Marcus will carry Helena, who weighs slightly less than a government ingot, over his threshold, and they go on to have adventures through 19 more novels covering 8 tumultuous years. For your final project, maybe one of you will chose the next book in the series: Shadows in Bronze.
Teacher Barb :)